Roy Jones Jr record: Early life, career overview, titles and records of former boxer

Roy Jones Jr. is an American former professional boxer, boxing commentator, boxing trainer, rapper, and actor who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Russia.

From 1989 to 2018, he competed in boxing and won multiple world championships in four weight classes, including titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. He is the only boxer in history to begin his professional career at light middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title.

Early Life

Roy Jones Jr. was born into a family with a history of boxing. Roy Jones Sr., his father, was a Vietnam War veteran who received a Bronze Star for valour after saving another soldier. His father was also a middleweight boxer.

Career Overview

Source: The Ring

As an amateur, he represented the United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the light middleweight division following one of boxing’s most contentious decisions.

Jones is widely regarded as one of the best boxers of all time, pound for pound, and made history when he won the WBA heavyweight title in 2003, becoming the first former middleweight champion to do so in 106 years.

By unifying the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles in 1999, he became the undisputed light heavyweight champion. Jones was known for his exceptional hand speed, athleticism, movement, and reflexes during his prime.

Jones holds the record for the most wins in unified light heavyweight title bouts in boxing history, with twelve, as of February 2018. BoxRec ranks him as the 17th greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time. Jones was named Fighter of the Year by Ring magazine in 1994, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame named him Fighter of the Year in 2003.


Early Career

Jones won the 119 lb (54 kg) weight division at the 1984 United States National Junior Olympics, the 139 lb (63 kg) weight division at the 1986 United States National Golden Gloves, and the 156 lb (71 kg) weight division at the 1987 United States National Golden Gloves. He finished his amateur career with a 121–13 record.

Professional Career

He had already sparred with many professional boxers before turning professional, including NABF Champion Ronnie Essett, IBF Champion Lindell Holmes, and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Roy Jones vs. Bernard Hopkins

Source: BoxRec

On May 22, 1993, Jones made his first attempt at a world title. He won the IBF middleweight title by unanimous decision over future Undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins in Washington, D.C.

Roy Jones vs. James Toney

Jones was scheduled to face undefeated IBF super middleweight champion James Toney, who was ranked highly in the “pound for pound” rankings, on November 18, 1994.

Toney was undefeated after 46 fights and ranked first in the world at 168 pounds. Toney vs. Jones, billed as “The Uncivil War,” was heavily promoted and aired on pay-per-view.

Jones was the underdog for the first time in his career. Jones demonstrated his greatness throughout the 12-round unanimous decision.

Roy Jones vs Mike McCallum

Source: BoxRec

Jones won the vacant Interim WBC Light Heavyweight title in November 1996 at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida, by a shutout decision over 40-year-old former three-weight world champion Mike McCallum in front of a crowd of 12,000 people.

Roy Jones vs. John Ruiz

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Jones defeated 40 opponents in November 1996 at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida. – Jones defeated John Ruiz for the WBA Heavyweight title on March 1, 2003, in front of 15,300 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Jones weighed 193 lb, while Ruiz weighed 226 lb.

Jones became the first former middleweight title holder in 106 years to win a Heavyweight title. Jones was also the first fighter to begin his career as a light middleweight and win a heavyweight title, and the second reigning light heavyweight champion after Michael Spinks in 1985 to move up in weight and win a major heavyweight title in his first fight in the division.

Roy Jones vs. Montell Griffin

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Jones suffered his first professional defeat in 1997, a disqualification loss to Montell Griffin (26-0, 18 KOs) at the Taj Majal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Griffin took an early lead over Jones, but by round 9, Jones had a one-point lead on the scorecards and had Griffin on the canvas early in round nine.

Griffin, however, took a knee on the canvas to avoid further punishment, and Jones hit him twice. Jones was disqualified and lost his title as a result. Jones was ahead on two of the judges’ scorecards at the time of disqualification (75-76, 77-75, 76-75).

Jones sought an immediate rematch five months later at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut, USA, and easily regained the World Light Heavyweight title, knocking Griffin down within the first 20 seconds of the fight, then knocking Griffin out with a leaping left hand shot two minutes and 31 seconds later.

Roy Jones vs. Antonio Tarver

Jones chose to return to the light heavyweight division, where he defeated Antonio Tarver on November 8, 2003, to retain the WBA (Super), IBO, and The Ring Light Heavyweight Championships, as well as Tarver’s WBC title.

Jones faced Tarver in a rematch on May 15, 2004. Jones was heavily favoured to win, but Tarver knocked him out in the second round at 1:31. Jones had won the first round, but in the second, while attempting a combination, he was caught by Tarver’s big counter left hook. Jones got to his feet by the count, but referee Jay Nady ruled him unable to continue for the first time in his career.

Jones scheduled a third fight with Antonio Tarver on October 1, 2005, after nearly a year away from the ring, focusing on training and working as an analyst for HBO Boxing. Tarver defeated Jones in the 12th round by unanimous decision (117–111, 116–112, 116–112).

Roy Jones vs. Scott Sigmon

Jones has named Scott Sigmon (30-11-1, 16 KOs) as his opponent in the ten-round fight. Jones finished his boxing career by defeating Sigmon in a one-sided ten-round unanimous decision, also winning the vacant World Boxing Union cruiserweight title. Jones won the fight 98-92 on all three judges’ scores.

Roy Jones vs Mike Tyson

Source: USA Today

Jones signed a contract in July 2020 to face former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in an eight-round exhibition fight. The California State Athletic Commission officially sanctioned the fight. The fight went on for full eight rounds and ended in a draw.

Professional record summary

75 fights66 wins9 losses
By knockout475
By decision193
By disqualification01

Jones retired after 75 professional fights spanning 29 years, with 66 victories, 47 of which came inside the distance, and 9 defeats.

Roy Jones Jr

Real name :
Roy Levesta Jones Jr.
Nickname(s) :
Junior , Superman , RJ , Captain Hook
Weight(s) :
Middleweight ,Super middleweight , Light heavyweight , Cruiserweight , Heavyweight
Height :
5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Reach :
74 in (188 cm)
Nationality :
American, Russian
Born :
January 16, 1969
Age :
Place :
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Stance : Orthodox

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